Book Review-Highland Promise by Alyson McLayne

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Book Review-Highland Promise by Alyson McLayne

Book Review-Highland Promise by Alyson McLayneHighland Promise by Alyson McLayne
Series: The Sons of Gregor MacLeod #1
Published by Sourcebooks Casablanca on October 3rd 2017
Genres: Historical Romance, Scottish Highlands, Medieval Era
Pages: 384
Format: eARC
Source: Sourcebooks Casablanca
ISBN: 1492654507
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Five boys destined to become Highland lairds are fostered together as brothers. Darach, Lachlan, Callum, Gavin and Kerr fight for their clans, for each other, and for their own true loves.

When forced to choose between duty and honor...

Darach MacKenzie vowed never again to let a woman near his heart after his betrothed betrayed him. It sparked an intense feud between his clan and the Frasers. With all-out war on the wind, Darach can't be distracted—not even by a sweet and charming lass who desperately needs his help.

This Highland Laird will find a way to have both...

When Darach rescued Caitlin MacInnes from the clutches of vile Laird Fraser, she vowed to never let men or misery rule her life again. With Darach and the MacKenzie clan, Caitlin finally feels safe. But when Laird Fraser shows up to claim what's rightfully his, or go to war, Darach will have to use all his brawn and brains to protect Caitlin—even if it means losing his heart.

Highland Promise is a sexy and historically filled romance that will leave you with a smile….GUARANTEED!! It has been so long since I had such a fun time reading a highlander romance. Now seriously….this book was freaking hilarious, in fact, it was so witty that I had multiple of multiple bursts of laughter. This authors voice is so unique and quite frankly its been a long while since I have read an author that I enjoyed so much. I was pretty distracted and stressed this week or I probably would have read this faster.

Highlander Promise is a story that begins with seeing a Highland Laird take several boys under his care after defeating the clans that were against him. These boys are raised together and become adopted brothers. Darach MacKenzie is the oldest, and the leader of the group here. Darach has recently been burned by a woman he loved, who betrayed him and started a clan war. But when he rescues an innocent woman in the hands of Laird Fraser, he is suspicious but he knows that she is innocent and sweet if not a bit crazy. Darach is drawn to this woman in such a different way. He can’t deny how much he wants her, but there is something more than just physical attraction and he doesn’t know why he wants her in his life so badly.  Caitlin McInnes, was forced to live with her uncle after her parents were killed. Now she is  hiding a secret, of being forced and beated and drugged by the only family she had left. She now finds herself in the hands of another man, but one she is tempted to stay with instead of trying to find her distant family in France.

What a story this turned out to be. Quite frankly I adored Darach and Caitlin. They were such a good couple and they have some sexy chemistry. But what I liked about this book, is that the smexy part of the book didn’t overtone the story. There was such a beautiful balance in this story that just pulled me more into the story. One of the first aspects of the story that really made a difference for me, was seeing the bond between these men. All various ages of course, but they have each others back, tease each other mercilessly and they are such a fun close knit group. I swear I don’t know which one I liked more, but I can’t wait to get to know each of them more in future books.

The romance begins with some secrets and a mystery. Caitlin claims to have lost her memories. And Darch, well honestly he isn’t the leader for nothing. He sees right through her lies, and knows she is keeping something important from him, but he also realizes that she is scared and has no true family left alive that really cares about her. He knows that she has been through a nightmare and he gives her time to trust him and his brothers to take care of her and see her safe so that she can be more trusting and tell them what is really going on. There is a strong chemistry between them….but Caitlin drives Darach crazy with her schemes. Caitlin is such a unique and endearing heroine. She concocts these crazy ideas or thoughts and the MEN GO FOR IT!!!

Doona fash, Darach. I willna allow your beasties to hurt my babies.

He made a disbelieving sound she’d come to know quite well. “How do you plan to stop them?”

“With training and discipline. Same as all animals.”

“You think you can train my devils? They’re bigger than you.”

“Size doesn’t matter. They will want to please me and therefore do as I ask.”

“That sounds familiar,” Lachlan said from behind her.

Because they hate tears and an upset woman is worse for them. From getting Darach to adopt kittens when he hates cats….to convincing the women of the clan to thanking him….to many more adventures. I never knew what to expect from her, because she knows what she does, but Caitlin does it out of love and caring. Its not like she is doing things to be malicious or cruel, she is just trying to look out for the clan that adopted her even if its not the best way to go about it. But seriously, this heroine cracked me up!! I just couldn’t get enough of her antics and I would love to have her as a friend in real life because she rocked this story.

Overall Highland Promise is a stunning and vibrant romance that steals your breath, makes you laugh harder than ever before and is a full belly satisfying romance that will leave you hooked on this author!!

 

 

About Alyson McLayne

Alyson McLayne is a mom of twins and an award-winning writer of contemporary, historical and paranormal romance. She’s also a dog lover and cat servant with a serious stash of dark chocolate. After getting her degree in theater at the University of Alberta, she promptly moved to the West Coast of Canada where she worked in film for several years and met her prop master husband.

Alyson has been nominated for several Romance Writers of America contests, including The Golden Heart, The Golden Pen, The Orange Rose, Great Expectations, The Molly’s and The Winter Rose.

Her debut historical romance, Highland Promise, will be published by Sourcebooks in October, 2017. Highland Promise is the first of five books in The Sons of Gregor MacLeod series. Highland Conquest will come out in February, 2018.

Alyson and her family reside in Vancouver with their sweet but troublesome chocolate lab puppy named Jasper.

 

  • Ann Lorz

    This one is on my list to get. I’m glad you enjoyed it!

  • I do love my highlanders

  • Sounds like a really good start for the series. Darach and Caitlin seem like they have some good chemistry and that a plus. Great review, I’m glad you enjoyed it. 🙂

    • Darach and Caitlin have fantastic chemistry, and I had a blast with this book.

  • Oh I love an endearing, quirky heroine!! Sign me up!

    • If you are in the mood for HR…this book is for you. You would adore the heroine here.

  • Michele H

    Gotta love a funny, sexy highlander. Especially when he meets his match in a sassy woman! I haven’t read this author before but I’ll definitely be checking out her books. 🙂

    • Oh Michele. This is just fantastic. I hadn’t read this author before until this book and I can tell you that I love her writing so much. You definitely should look into this one.

  • Funny? And highlander romance? I do love that combo. Thanks for the great review as always, Renee. 🙂

    • It is a great combo and one that isn’t super common anymore. So it was wonderful seeing it again.

  • I’m in the mood for a little romcom right now. I think this will be perfect. Sounds GREAT. Plus, i’ve never read any highlander books so it would be great. Thanks for sharing, my friend. Awesome review. 😁❤️👍🏻